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Robert Blackwell

Robert Michael Blackwell

Tuesday, May 26th, 1959 - Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert “Bob” Blackwell passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020, a day shy of his 61st birthday.
Born May 26,1959 to Clarence and Enis (Amaral) Blackwell, Bob spent most of his life in and
around Plymouth.
It was in his earliest years that he developed his deep love for and connection to the sea. Bob,
like his father and grandfather before him, grew up on the ocean; fishing and working on boats.
He was always a hardworking man, buying his first boat at the age of twelve.
After attending Plymouth schools, Bob proudly joined the Coast Guard. From there he worked
as Assistant Harbormaster for both Scituate and Plymouth, and Harbormaster for the town of
Kingston. Bob served more than 20 years as a marine traffic controller for the US Army Corps of
Engineers at the Cape Cod Canal until his retirement in 2019. Not only was Bob a Freemason,
he was also a member of the American Legion Post 40, where he rode with the Legion Riders.
Bob was a commercial fisherman for many years, eventually earning his Captain’s License.
Bob had an innate confidence and capability on the water, a gift he shared with all who knew
him; especially those lucky enough to have had the honor of being with him at sea. He was a
brilliant and well-respected fisherman and sea captain. It was while working on the Captain John
Boats that Bob earned the nickname “The Codfather” for he could always land on the fish. Bob
was truly at home and at peace when he was on a boat.
Bob touched the lives of all he encountered. He was a kind, gentle soul with an enormous heart,
uncanny sense of humor, and quick wit. His warmth naturally drew people to him. He was an
extraordinarily brave and proud man who will be sorely, sorely missed.
Lovingly known as Cappy, he is survived by his beloved daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and
Michael Souza; his sister Kathy Silvia; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Pia Blackwell;
his inherited children Jillian and Matthew Jordan; his grandson, Sam, who always kept his
Cappy on his toes and put a smile on his face, and his best friend and companion, Lori Jordan,
whom he loved and cherished deeply. Bob is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews,
aunts, uncles, and countless friends.
A memorial at sea will be scheduled for a later date. We will put a post on Facebook when we
have more details..
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Bob P

Posted at 07:09pm
I worked with Bob many years ago, since then he has lived the ocean like few others, pass over the bar safely. We are still on the same beach as Bob just a little further on. BP

Jan Halnen

Posted at 11:30am
I remember Bob as being a warm, loving and happy guy - always a smile on his face. I worked with him for a very short time but it is a memory etched in my heart forever. Janice M. Halnen
TB

Tug Buckley

Posted at 12:07pm
Always watching out for us and we know you still are . Rest easy Cappy.
The Buckley Crew
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Sharon Rich

Posted at 09:51am
We'll remember the big lovely man with the big loving heart; happy memories of the Cape Cod dinner train, and an evening cruise on Captain John, both compliments of Cappy of course. A hearty and infectious laugh, and a sensitivity that belied his gruff exterior. A mischievous twinkle in his eye, and a teasing tilt of a smile. All these and so much more were the wonderful essence of Bobby Bee. Skipper on, old salt, with your beloved Cody by your side, and may you have fair winds and following seas.
With great sadness and loss.
David and Sharon Rich
Newport NH
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Patricia Selander

Posted at 04:03pm
I will miss his humor. Always made our family dinners enjoyable. So sorry for your loss Kelly. ❤️ Pat
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